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Support Startups for Net Neutrality

Feld Thoughts

The new leader of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Chairman Ajit Pai, has said he wants to roll back existing net neutrality rules that prevent big cable companies from discriminating against online companies and services. Congress is lining up behind him.

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Smart Entrepreneurs Favor People-Centric Leadership

Startup Professionals Musings

Every business needs repeatable processes to grow and thrive, but modern business processes need the right people to make them efficient and productive. In addition, today’s customers judge a company by perceived people relationships through social media, phone conversations, and sales experiences.

How MakeSpace Recently Closed $30 million in New Funding

Both Sides of the Table

Just over a year ago I wrote about how MakeSpace had raised $17.5 million in capital to build out its operations in 4 cities: New York City , Los Angeles , Chicago and Washington D.C.

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Share or Create?

47 Hats

Multi-billion member social networks, robots that can chase you down , algorithms that decide whether you get to live or die. Just a few high points to the world that’s fast approaching.

Just Finish It

Feld Thoughts

An exec at a company I’m an investor in sent this to me this morning. Does this feel like your life at your company? I’m an enormous fan of Eric Ries and The Lean Startup. His, and Steve Blank’s, thinking and writing changed how we approach startups.

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Introducing Our New Partner – Chris Moody

Feld Thoughts

We are excited to announce that Chris Moody is joining Foundry Group as a partner. When we started Foundry Group in 2006, we were very clear that we were not going to build a legacy venture capital firm; one meant to outlive its founders. There would be no generational planning, no transitions to younger partners, and no senior partner hold-outs who would hang onto economics well after they had stopped working. Simply put, when we are done investing, we will drop the mic and shut off the lights.

How Future-Proof is Your Company (and Your Career)?

Startup Professionals Musings

When you are growing a business, it’s hard to find time to focus on anything but the crises of today. Yet if you don’t spend some resources preparing for the changes in the marketplace we already know about, there may be no tomorrow for your business.

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How Ashley Stewart Bounced Back From Bankruptcy

YFS Magazine

Three years ago, thick clouds of bankruptcy loomed over
 the plus-sized womenswear retailer, Ashley Stewart. Here's how CEO James Rhee turned things around. Grow Operations bankruptcy company culture leadership struggling business

Erdogan AKP Turkish Matters

Chaganomics

Details and info on non-english speaking referendums via Wikipedia. Make sure to donate to them. - CH Description of proposed amendments - Wikipedia link Proposal # Article Description of change 1 Article 9 The judiciary is required to act on condition of impartiality.

Mentors 15/18: Be Optimistic

Feld Thoughts

Last month I took two weeks completely off the grid. As part of it, I spent some time working on my next book, Give First. As part of that, I finished up the sections on Deconstructing the Techstars Mentor Manifesto. While I wrote a draft of this post over a month ago, It felt appropriate to publish this, and the next few Mentor Manifesto posts, after a wave of Techstars Demo Days that just happened. #15 15 is “Be Optimistic.”

5 Solution Domains Suggest A Wealth Of Startup Ideas

Startup Professionals Musings

Potential startup founders are always looking for ideas to implement, when they should be looking for problems to solve. Customers pay for solutions, but there is no market for ideas. I’m often approached by people with a “million dollar idea,” but I haven’t seen anyone pay that for one yet.

Transform Negative Customer Feedback Into Positive Results

YFS Magazine

Customer feedback provides you with the data you need to win back customers, increase lifetime value and improve your product or service. Customer Service Grow customer experience customer feedback marketing negative reviews online reputation online reviews

Building Product in a Saturated Niche [Traction Podcast #39: Ellen Chisa, Lola]

View from Seed

Ellen Chisa is VP of product at Lola , a travel company combining the human element of travel agents with smart technology. While some entrepreneurs build their products in markets that feel wide open for the taking, travel is one of those industries with tons of noise and competition. So how does one gain a foothold? How do you break through, build something BIG and DIFFERENTIATED? All that, and much more, in this episode. Channel Links: iTunes , SoundCloud , Stitcher , Google Play.

5 Things Every Property Business Startup Needs To Know Before Starting

YoungUpstarts

A successful property business requires a lot of active work and strategic decision making. And maybe you already prepared for this. But you still have a lot of consideration and planning to do before you put a large chunk of your hard earned cash into a property business startup!

4 Ways To Make Profits Part Of Your Growth Strategy

Startup Professionals Musings

A question that I still hear debated often is whether a new startup growth strategy should focus on user count or profits. First of all, the glory days of “dot.coms” are gone, when investors “didn’t care” about profitability, and all the big money was focused on user count growth.

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10 Ways To Build Smarter Landing Pages

YFS Magazine

Do your landing pages convert? Many business owners and digital marketers drive potential customers away due to poorly designed websites and landing pages. Grow Marketing & Sales landing pages marketing website design website development

How to Set up Payroll As a New Employer

Up and Running

When you own a business, you are in charge of hiring employees. Top-notch employees can help you streamline business processes, add innovative ideas, and grow your business.

Optimizing the SaaS Funnel from Top to Bottom

For Entrepreneurs

In my talk at the 2017 SaaStr Annual conference, the goal was to offer a simple model of a SaaS business and highlight key areas for optimization within the SaaS funnel. Watch the video presentation to learn the key levers a CEO can pull to make the greatest impact to their business.

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9 Lessons Learned from Running a CRO Agency

ConversionXL

Run an agency? Offer conversion optimization services? Then you know it can be hard. I’ve been running an optimization agency for 6 years now. Here are my top lessons I’ve learned along the way. Build a name, build an audience.

Features vs. Benefits: What Do B2B Customers Care About Most?

YFS Magazine

Market your product in a way that a B2B customer not only considers it the only logical choice, but also sticks to their decision in the future. Grow Marketing & Sales b2b marketing online marketing product design product development

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5 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When We Reimagined Our Business

Up and Running

My team and I launched crowdSPRING in early 2008. For the following eight years, despite seeing great growth in our business, we made a mistake many entrepreneurs make: we operated the business as though the competitive, technological, and economic landscape was the same as when we started.

9 Online Funding And Financing Resources For Struggling SMEs

YoungUpstarts

Whether you are just beginning your entrepreneurial journey or you have trod the business ownership path for years, you should know the golden rule: Your business needs money.

Announcing our next meetup: Data-Driven Marketplaces, San Francisco, May 16

Version One Ventures

Back in October, we hosted our first marketplace-themed meetup on the topic of The Holy Grail of the Marketplace: The Virtuous Cycle. More than 75 marketplace founders and investors attended and made it a great evening.

How I Turned My ‘Anti-Launch’ Into Six-Figure Success

YFS Magazine

When it comes to launches in business, most people prefer convention and tradition. It's safe. But safe didn't earn me six-figure success. Plan business coaching life coaching marketing online marketing Product Launch

Sales Forecasting: A Curated List of Our Best Resources

Up and Running

When it comes to starting and managing a business, forecasting your sales is essential. Having a sales forecast can help you budget and manage your business’s funds, create a plan for expansion, and avoid unpleasant surprises.

5 Important Email Marketing Tips That Will Benefit Your New Business

YoungUpstarts

If you have recently started a new online business you will be looking at ways to try and promote your website to give you an advantage over your competitors.

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6 Reasons Your Startups Should Opt for a Website Builder

The Startup Magazine

Start ups need a website to increase their exposure on the internet as well. This exposure is very important because it increases sales while continuing to spread the name of the brand beyond a limited geographical confinement.

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6 Ways To Achieve Happiness And ‘Flow’ As An Entrepreneur

YFS Magazine

Are you in your flow? If not, here’s a look at six ways to gain more productivity, creativity, energy, and happiness in life and business. Lifestyle health and wellness lifestyle personal development productivity success

Optimizely Buys Austin-based Experiment Engine

SiliconHills

Optimizely, based in San Francisco, announced Wednesday it has purchased Austin-based Experiment Engine. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Experiment Engine, a graduate of the Austin Techstars program, creates tools and services that help companies test products online. Claire Vo, Experiment Engine’s CEO and Founder, will join Optimizely and continue to manage […] The post Optimizely Buys Austin-based Experiment Engine appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

If You Don’t Ask For It, You Won’t Get It!

Rembrandt Communications

4 Secrets About Running Your Own Copywriting Business You Rarely Hear Secret #3: If you don’t ask for it, you won’t get it. By Melanie Rembrandt “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take,” states the famous hockey player, Wayne Gretzky. And this is the perfect quote to reveal my third secret about running […]. The post If You Don’t Ask For It, You Won’t Get It! appeared first on Boost sales fast with content marketing strategy and PR here. Business

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Startup Xpenditure turned down 20 VCs, but for what?

The Next Web

In the startup world, venture capitalists can find themselves treated as demigods. Feted by startup founders, by the media and by government, VC’s wield power, influence and, most importantly, money. Alternatives to VC rounds are rarely considered.

Will You Be The Leader Of The Pack?

YFS Magazine

It never occurred to me before that the front runner in a cross country race has one added bit of responsibility, especially for the leader of the pack. Lead business lessons leadership personal development

A Two Week Vacation is More Than Twice As Good As a One Week Vacation

OnlyOnce

I’ve said this for years, but as I sit on the train commuting into work after a week off relaxing with my family for my Dad’s 75th birthday (or as he prefers to call it, the 46th anniversary of his 29th birthday), I feel particularly inclined to write it up!

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How public liability insurance can be useful to an SMB

The Startup Magazine

Don’t think you need public liability insurance? Then think again – there are a number of ways in which public liability insurance could be useful to your business, read on to find out what they are: Confidence in your business.